Occasionally, my work life and musical life overlap. This is one of those times! Please enjoy, live from my place of employment, my cover of Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’.” Complete with vocal loops!
I had such a great time on Saturday, February 24th playing for a great crowd at The Hutton in Jersey City Heights. Ty Tuschen joined me on guitar for an epic two and a half hour set with no break! We simply didn’t want to stop playing.
Here was the setlist.
And here are some other pics from the night, courtesy of Lola, James, and Maria!
What a fantastic night!
Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 21st when I’ll be playing at the Hutton again!
This week, I had a great time chatting with Mike Kuzan and Max Feinstein on the Latest Noise podcast. Check out the episode to hear our conversation about my upcoming show at the Hutton, music, photography, the creative process, creating effective email newsletters, and also a live performance of my song “A New Start.”
Hope you enjoy it!
Last Wednesday, I came home with an idea for a song arrangement. I recorded it right away and today I’m releasing the recording to you. I’m not entirely certain what sparked it, but I suspect it had something to do with having a desire for peace during this holiday season. The phrase “sleep in” stuck in my mind and I had the idea to loop it. From there, the rest of the arrangement came together quickly. The vocal loop offered a sense of motion while also adding a peaceful, sleepy element to the song. Perhaps if we all slept in a little more often, we’d have a little more peace and be a little less on edge?
Here’s to sleeping in this holiday season. The image for the cover you see above is one I captured during the blizzard in NYC on January 23, 2016. The roads were closed and for a night the Manhattan streets were quiet and peaceful.
Please enjoy my interpretation and recording of this holiday classic, Silent Night.
It is currently available to stream and download (pay what you want) from Bandcamp. In the coming days, it will also be available on all of the major streaming services like Spotify, Amazon, and Apple Music.
You can now listen to a live recording of my set from this year’s Banding Together performance.
If the embedded player doesn’t appear below, you can listen here: https://soundcloud.com/joshbicknell/live-espresso-joes-101417
Doubleheaders aren’t only for sporting events.
This past Saturday, I spent the afternoon playing as part of the Banding Together 2017 fundraising show at Espresso Joe’s in Keyport, NJ and the evening playing with Christina Alessi & the Toll Collectors for three sets at Maxfield’s on Main in Boonton, NJ.
If you haven’t done so yet, please consider donating to the Spondylitis Association of America. As a fun way to donate, you can purchase a digital compilation album, which includes exclusive tracks from local musicians. I have a track on there, too!
Donate at https://spondy.bandcamp.com today!
I’m pleased to be playing the front room in Maxwell’s Tavern on Thursday, October 12th from 8-10pm. I’ll be joined by Ardith Collins on cello. This show is free for all to attend!
Thursday, October 12th
Josh Bicknell with Ardith Collins
Maxwell’s Tavern Front Room
1039 Washington Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030
I’m thrilled to be part of this year’s benefit for the Spondylitis Association of America, Banding Together 2017. Lazlo from blowupradio.com organizes this successful effort each year. His wife suffers from Spondylitis, so this is a very personal cause for him.
Spondylitis is a genetic rheumatoid arthritic condition that causes inflammation and fusion in the vertebrae of the spine. To date BlowUpRadio.com has raised thousands of dollars for the cause, and raised awareness of the genetic disease which the Centers For Disease Control says affects more than 2.7 million adults in the US.
Want to help out?
There are two ways to contribute:
- Attend a Live Performance
- Purchase the Digital Compilation
Attend a Live Performance on Saturday Afternoon
I’m playing a solo acoustic set at Espresso Joe’s in Keyport, NJ on Saturday, October 14th at 2:30pm. Come at 2pm to see fellow Toll Collector Jonathan Andrew perform before me!
There are also shows featuring other great NY/NJ artists on Friday at 8pm at the Brighton Bar in Long Branch, NJ and the Clash Bar in Clifton, NJ on Saturday October 21st at 8pm.
Purchase the Digital Compilation Now
There’s an exciting compilation full of 36 exclusive tracks from local New Jersey/New York-based musicians. I’ve donated a live recording of one of my new songs “Don’t You Ever Want to Be In Love.” This is the only place you will be able to listen to this track!
Suggested donation is $10, but you can always donate more! It all goes to the Spondylitis Association.
Click the image above or click this link to access the exclusive compilation album: https://spondy.bandcamp.com
Hope to see you on Saturday!
I had such a great time playing at Sticks and Stones in Hawthorne, NJ for the Hope with Heart Benefit on Saturday, September 9th. The event raised over $2,200 for the kids.
The night was filled with art and music. I even sold two photographs. All proceeds went directly to the foundation. If you didn’t get a chance to make it to the event, it’s not too late. You can still make a contribution at www.hopewithheart.org.
Some photos of my photos!
And the setlist!